Hamlet has been appearing in films for over 100 years. While many versions are available for classroom use, Franco Zeffirelli's 1990 film is a good choice: students who have seen Zeffirelli's ROMEO AND JULIET (1968) are already familiar with his work; there are significant points of comparison that students can make between this film and Shakespeare's text; the movie's relatively brief running time makes it an easy fit in a classroom time crunch.
This video guide is designed for use by students who have completed their reading of Shakespeare's HAMLET. The guide contains special focus on plot, characterization, setting and theme. It allows students to compare one filmed version of the play to their own study of Shakespeare's text. To do so, they record their expectations before viewing the film. As they watch, they use a Venn diagram to designate plot events as occurring in the film, the text or both. After viewing, students evaluate the film by comparing their expectations to their observations. They may complete their assessment by using their video guides as raw material for an essay in which they determine whether or not the film is a viable interpretation of Shakespeare's tragedy.
The entire package is in three parts:
Teacher notes (3 pages)
Video guide (13 pages)
Video guide key (13 pages)
The guide easily separates into parts; a teacher may use any or all, depending on his/her purpose.